New Delhi: New Year, new sculpture and new message! Padmashri award winning sand artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik never fails to impress and with his thought provoking artwork in sand on Odisha’s Puri beach. On New Year’s Eve, Mr Pattnaik tweeted, “Let’s pledge for a pollution free and sustainable environment,” while sharing the image of his latest creation. The sand sculpture has the letters 2019 surrounded with green colour to highlight the theme of ‘plant more trees.’
Talking about the theme of his New Year special sand art installation, Mr. Pattnaik explained,
We have created a special sand sculpture to wish everyone a happy new year. We want to give a green message to everyone and hence have given green effects in the sculpture. We appeal everyone to plant a maximum number of trees to save the environment.
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) December 31, 2018
The Puri beach has witnessed innumerable creative sand sculptors revolving around the theme of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, environment and plastic pollution, to mark various occasions, from the internationally renowned sand artist.
Recently, to mark the occasion of Christmas, Mr Pattnaik created a gigantic sculpture of Santa on sand using 10,000 waste plastic bottles on the same Odisha beach to sensitise people about plastic menace.
His creations have won many awards and appreciation from the likes of by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Former UN Environment Chief Erik Solhiem among others. He also made it to the Guinness World Records for building the world’s tallest sand castle in 2017, a 48.08 feet structure on the Puri beach.
NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollution, clean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.